Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

  • by John Baker - editor, Chögyam Trungpa, Sakyong Mipham - foreword, Marvin Casper - editor
  • Narrated by Jim Gimian
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement - the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. "The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use," he said, "even spirituality."
His incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick we all play on ourselves and to offer us a far brighter reality: the true and joyous liberation that inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it. It is a message that has resonated with students for nearly thirty years and remains fresh as ever today. This new edition includes a foreword by Chögyam Trungpa's son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham.


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A blessing for those on the spiritual path

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
A book I will gratefully return to again and again.... Clear and precise wisdom
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- Mr M C Arthur

An audio classic for tender-hearted practitioners.

Trungpa students and fans will undoubtedly listen to this many times. Jim Gimian, the narrator, certainly appears to be very familiar with the work. An inspired choice. Well done all involved.
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- Old Sausage

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-06-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios